If you are passionate about design and wish to study overseas in order to achieve your future career dream of becoming an international Creative Director, then this programme is suitable for you!

About the course

Our Portfolio Preparation Programme offers an effective preparation route for students wishing to establish a design portfolio suitable for entry application onto a range of international university design courses.

  • - This programme is specifically designed to support students thinking of applying to a degree course in a “Design” subject, such as Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Illustration.
  • - Students will undertake practical research projects, utilising the sketchbook, exploring a range of design techniques to contextualising design ideas. Creating a portfolio of work ready for an online ‘mini-portfolio’ application, as well as physical portfolio of work, ready to take to an interview.
  • - All students that successfully complete their studies will also be guaranteed a place on one of our own undergraduate programmes here at LCDF Hanoi

Aims of the course

  • - If you are currently undecided upon a specific design subject specialism to study at degree level then our foundation level course, with its taster opportunities, will allow you to explore and discover the options.
  • - Alternatively, should you feel confident and able to select directly onto one of our five curriculum areas of Illustration, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Communication, Three Dimensional Design & Architecture or Photography then you are welcome to make a direct entry application.


You will learn various aspects in relation to the course, exploring a combination of context references and practical exercises and demonstrations, which include:

  • - Design process – you will tackle a design challenge and explore the possibilities in response to a design problem.
  • - Lecture on portfolio submission guidelines and examples of work.
  • - Life drawing
  • - Redesign an everyday object, product or image.
  • - Explore ideas beyond sketchbook through models, collage and drawing.
  • - Complete a piece of work that has been developed from your research and exploration of design ideas to consider appropriate materials, construction, function and finish.
  • - Branding and presentation of your work in relation to interviews, including your inspirations, contextual influences and aims for your work and the future.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • - Create a sensational portfolio
  • - Decide which subject to study
  • - Choose the right college for you
  • - Exhibit your work at the end of the course

Student Work


Teaching method

This course will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts. This is supported by practical demonstrations, group discussions, contextual references and one-to-one support.

Sample Modules

Ideas Generation, Drawing from Observation, Media Experimentation, Contextual Influences, 2D  Visual Communication, 3D Design Media, Final Project Realisation.


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Mr. Richard Child 
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Ms. Julie Vola 
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Mr. Stephen Larcombe 

Start date

June 2018

Entry requirements

  • Passes at GCSE or A Levels or Grade 12 or equivalent qualifications
  • English language certificate of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. English courses are available before and during the course for those students who need to improve their English in order to continue studying with us.

How to apply

You can apply the course online via website www.designstudies.vn or obtain application form from our college

Tuition Fee

VND 54,000,000 per semester, 2 semesters per year

VND 90,000,000 per year

9,800,000/ module x 7 module

Intensive Foundation: 54,000,000VND


10% reduction in fees for students starting in July 2018 whose full fees are received on or before 30st April 2018



Further information:

T: 024 37199706

E: info@designstudies.vn

W: www.designstudies.vn

A: London College for Design & Fashion, 98 To Ngoc Van, Quang An ward, Tay Ho district, Hanoi.